Russell Brand is a name associated with wit, charm and a scruffy hair do atop skin-tight pants. The quirky and oh-so intellectual comedian and TV presenter is also a terrific humanitarian.
His struggles with addiction are well known and he actively seeks to help others in their pursuit of ‘cleanliness’. With a broken marriage, substance addiction and he pressure of celebrity weighing down on him, Russell is incredibly bright in his outlook, but what many people don’t realise is that he also suffered with bulimia.
“I was bulimic when I was 14,”
“I had problems with food and self-harming, I’ve always had these odd compulsive traits looking for an outlet.
Growing up as an overweight only child, Russell says his battle with bulimia was greatly affected by his isolation and it returned with aplomb as he entered adulthood.
“It’s awful to be bulimic but I lost a whole lot of weight when I needed to.”
“I was a fat kid, not obese but chubby.”
He says he feels sorry for the child he once was and it became evident to him that he never really dealt with the eating disorders the first time round.
“I didn’t master the bulimia, obviously.”
“Of course I’ve been through lots of therapy. But I do feel a sense of ‘you poor little sod’. I loved my mum madly, but I had a lot of prohibiting, inhibiting things around. My feeling about my childhood was that it was lonely and difficult.”
He spoke of the return of his bulimia which happened when he was in rehab for drug addictions: “It was clearly about getting out of myself and isolation. Feeling inadequate and unpleasant.”
Now, as one of The UK’s most prominent comedians and a burgeoning Hollywood actor, he is turning his life into one success story after another, a process that doesn’t happen by accident. He works hard at improving himself and is always keen to share his insights to help others. Green tea and yoga have replaced the drugs, booze and sex and Russ is looking like a truly inspirational human being; a perfect example of the human desire to improve and grow spiritually.